19 Nov Bomba, Melbourne CBD
The Aylesbury has recently been transformed into Bomba, a casual tapas bar. Although mum was sorely tempted by the paella on offer, we all ordered the Workers Lunch, which included a choice of tapas, raciones and side dish.
We started off with some lovely crispy, dense and warmed sourdough with olive oil. The Chicken, Manchego and Smoked Paprika Croqueta was crunchy and tasty, but the highlight for me was the Charcoal Grilled Corn w. Paprika and Cumin. The juicy corn was so good with the crumbs and tangy, creamy sauce.
An extra $8 was added for the king prawn pil pil, which had a nice, fresh flavour. The Pedro Ximenez Braised Pork Jowl with Celeriac puree was quite good, but didn’t stand out as much as the Lamb Ribs with Romesco. The romesco sauce on the ribs was similar to the one used with the corn and the lamb itself was tender with some nice crispy bits on the outside.
Underneath the patatas bravas was a very flavourful tomato paste, which gave the dish more interest. One of my favourites for the day was the Freekeh and Cauliflower Salad with Pomegranate. There was a wonderful contrast between the chewy freekeh, soft cauliflower, crunchy pinenuts and sweet pomegranate seeds. I personally preferred it without the mint.
For $15, the Workers Lunch is well worth a try. I’m keen to return to try some of that paella.
103 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC, 3000
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